“Khanqueror” Prescott headlines

Photo by Doug Vernucci
Photo by Doug Vernucci

Amir Khan’s title fight with Andriy Kotelnik may be the weekend’s biggest fight, but, tomorrow night, the only man to defeat Khan, Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will get a share of the billing on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Khan’s conqueror – or “Khanqueror” – will take on Miguel Vazquez (24-3, 12 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a ten-round lightweight bout from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

“I’m not going to make a prediction because I’ve learned in over 20 fights that you have to see how the fight comes to you,” said Prescott yesterday at a press conference.

“Of course, I’d like a knockout, but if I win by decision, that’s all right.  I just want to keep winning and keep my ranking going up.”

The card, promoted by Roy Englebrecht Events, in association with Caribe Promotions, DeCubas Presents and Jaoli Fight Promotions, will feature nine bouts.

In a special attraction six-rounder at super bantam, Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux (1-0, 1 KO), of Miami, will take on Roberto Guillen (4-2-3), of Glendale, Ariz.

“I’m going to do my job,” vowed Rigondeaux at yesterday’s presser.

2005 World Amateur Champion Erislandy Lara (6-0, 4 KOs) is also featured, in an eight-round super welterweight bout. Lara will take on Atlana’s Darnell Boone (16-11-2, 6 KOs).

Making waves in his hometown of Las Vegas, Sharif Bogere (10-0, 6 KOs) will go six at lightweight with Milwaukee’s Mike Gonzalez (10-5-1, 9 KOs).

In other action:

Olympic silver medalist Yudel Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) will go four at super welter with Justin Paulo (1-0), of Taunton, Mass.

Yordanis Despaigne (1-0) of Miami will go four at cruiserweight with San Diego debuter Johnny Marino.

Miami debuter Duniel Dorticos takes on Las Vegas’ Calvin Rooks (1-1-1) in a four-rounder.

Los Angeles’ Lionel Davis (1-0, 1 KO) will go four with Vegas debuter Brice Ritani-Coe.

Heavyweight Scott Alexander (1-0, 1 KO), of Los Angeles, will go four with Las Vegas’ Benjamin Lee (1-1).

Tickets starting at $25 are available at the Planet Hollywood Box Office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, or by calling 702.785.5000, or through all Ticketmaster locations.

The weigh-in is open to the public today at 4 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Convention Center at Planet Hollywood.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow night, with first bell at 5:45.

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